My Theory About Stress & Invisible Illnesses

I have read through many blogs about people having chronic illnesses, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and many other invisible illnesses. I have talked to people over the years of my time dealing with invisible illnesses and came to notice that most people with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, and other illnesses, have had trauma in their lives before developing symptoms of these illnesses.

I have the theory that pure traumatic stress has caused our bodies to develop these illnesses or syndromes. And once one illness develops, the body becomes weakened, leading to more stress, leaving the body free to develop more illnesses which leads to even  more stress.

It wasn’t until after PTSD, that I developed any of my invisible illnesses. I had a migraine occasionally, but they were not an issue until after the traumatic event. I had never heard of interstitial cystitis or fibromyalgia until after the PTSD.

I wonder how many of you, have had trauma in your past, or have been so overly stressed for a long period of time that your body weakened and chronic illness developed.

Please leave a comment if you think this theory holds any merit.


  1. Rebecca

    I believe this 100%!

    I have C-PTSD from childhood and my counselor believed that everything I went through and experienced finally triggered an autoimmune issue that resulted in food allergies and intense, unrelenting joint pain. Luckily for me, after years of trying all sorts of different things, mine has gotten better due to being on an anti-candida diet, a digestive enzyme, and writing a book on purity culture and legalism in order to use some of the pain and trauma to help others heal. 🙂

    I’m interested to see what others have to say on this, but I think your observation is spot on!

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